REWIRED: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology
by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel, eds.
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and eBooks
Cyberpunk is dead. The revolution has been co-opted by half-assed heroes, overclocked CGI, and tricked-out shades. Once radical, cyberpunk is now nothing more than a brand.
Time to stop flipping the channel.
These sixteen extreme stories reveal a government ninja routed by a bicycle repairman, the inventor of digitized paper hijacked by his college crush, a dead boy trapped in a warped storybook paradise, and the queen of England attacked with the deadliest of forbidden technology: a working modem. You’ll meet Manfred Macx, renegade meme-broker, Red Sonja, virtual reality sex-goddess, and Felix, humble sys-admin and post-apocalyptic hero.
Editors James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel (Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology) have united cyberpunk visionaries William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Pat Cadigan with the new post-cyberpunk vanguard, including Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, and Jonathan Lethem. Including a canon-establishing introduction and excerpts from a hotly contested online debate, Rewired is the first anthology to define and capture the crackling excitement of the post-cyberpunks.
From the grittiness of Mirrorshades to the Singularity and beyond, it’s time to revive the revolution.
Are you ready?
James Patrick Kelly is the Hugo, Nebula, and Italia award–winning author of Burn, Think Like a Dinosaur, and Wildlife. He is a member of the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. He has co-edited a series of anthologies with John Kessel, described by the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as “each surveying with balance and care a potentially disputed territory within the field.” Kelly is the technology columnist for Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and the publisher of the e-book ’zine Strangeways.
John Kessel is a Nebula, Sturgeon, and Locus award winner and the author of Corrupting Dr. Nice, Good News From Outer Space, and The Pure Product. He teaches courses in science fiction, fantasy, and fiction writing at North Carolina State University. His criticism has appeared in Foundation, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and Science Fiction Age.
Praise for Feeling Very Strange
“Oh, these stories!… Don’t stop until all have been read.”
—Booklist, starred review
“Is slipstream just science fiction and fantasy that doesn’t know that it’s science fiction or fantasy? Or is it more than that? Decide for yourself by slipping into short stories that are superb, whatever you choose to call them, from Lethem, VanderMeer, Chabon, Waldrop, and others.”
“At last we have our definitive collection…. And once again, we can rejoice that revolution after revolution will be printed, not televised.”
—The Agony Column
“Worth buying? Well if you want to be the hippest cat on the block, then yes.”
“Intriguing stories…plenty of good reading.”
“Leave it to Tachyon, one of the most exhilarating and intellectually probing small presses, to put out a book like this. We hope it makes its way out of what the editors call the ‘ghetto of the fantastic’ and into the mainstream. This book is a joy and could easily become a staple of college syllabi in the not-so-distant future.”
—Time Out Chicago
“And though it’s hard to define exactly what is happening, it’s a pleasure to read.”
“…whether you’re interested in the boundaries of slipstream or not, Feeling Very Strange is a terrific collection of stories….”
—Intergalactic Medicine Show
“If you read the contents of Feeling Very Strange in linear order (I recommend that you do), you will actually have a nonlinear, information-building, increasingly exhilarating experience.”
—Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 34
“The debate over what, exactly, constitutes the defining aesthetic of slipstream fiction has simmered and seethed for years now and may indeed rage for years to come, but no debate will likely arise over the quality of the selections that Kessel and Kelly have assembled in Feeling Very Strange. Every story here stakes out its own claim and colonizes that territory with authority and authenticity, from Carol Emshwiller’s ‘Al’ through M. Rickert’s ‘You Have Never Been Here,’ with disorienting stopovers in several other exotic locales, whether alien or domestic.
“In fact, I’ve seldom read an anthology in which every story works so well both as a stand-alone and as an element in a greater whole. Heed its contributors and marvel that so diverse a group sings such fine distinctive solos and yet harmonizes so well. Credit Kessel and Kelly, too, for the grace of their introduction, the art of the book’s arrangement, and the modesty of their editorial presence, directing our attention away from themselves and toward either the authors of the stories or the participants in the amusing four-part discussion ‘I Want My 20th-Century Schizoid Art.’
“This is an anthology that both entertains and enlightens. SF types will regard Feeling Very Strange as having a significance comparable to that of Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions volumes and Bruce Sterling’s Mirrorshades compendium; aficionados of contemporary literary fiction will have their eyes opened, many times, and readers of every other stamp, if they like both good writing and strong narrative values, will think themselves in Heaven.”
“I expect to wake up as a giant cockroach tomorrow morning. Can anything really be better than that?”
—Reading the Leaves
Praise for The Secret History of Science Fiction
“These stories are good enough to make The New Yorker’s Eustace Tilley pop his cartoon monocle.”
“A compelling collection…very unique and thought provoking.”
—Sacramento Book Review
“All I really want to do, at the moment, is embrace the unsuspecting editors in a massive, spine-crunching bear hug.”
—Los Angeles Times
“If you’re interested in reading a bunch of stories written by some of the best contemporary writers out there, you’ll like this anthology. If you also want to read some of the best science fiction stories since the ’70s, you’ll love this anthology.”
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“Introduction: Hacking Cyberpunk” by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
“Bicycle Repairman” by Bruce Sterling
“Lobsters” by Charles Stross
“The Voluntary State” by Christopher Rowe
“When Sysadmins Rules the Earth” by Cory Doctorow
“The Wedding Album” by David Marusek
“Two Dreams on Trains” by Elizabeth Bear
“Yeyuka” by Greg Egan
“Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland” by Gwyneth Jones
“How We Got in Town and out Again” by Jonathan Lethem
“Search Engine” by Mary Rosenblum
“The Dog Said Bow-Wow” by Michael Swanwick
“The Calorie Man” By Paolo Bagiaglupi
“The Final Remake of The Return of Little Latin Larry With a Completely Remastered ‘Soundtrack’” by Pat Cadigan
“What’s Up Tiger Lily?” by Paul Di Filippo
“Daddy’s World” by Walter Jon Williams
“Thirteen Views of a Cardboard City” by William Gibson
“Fascinating, and indispensable to any serious SF reader…Rewired is one of the best imaginable anthologies covering what SF is doing right now….”
“…cyberpunk has grown past its rebel stage and is now not only capable of dazzling us with surfaces but also of speaking of the human condition….”
“…an excellent collection and a reminder that the short story is often the best venue for new ideas in the field.”
“…sixteen inspiring, mind-altering stories…and every story in the bunch is a knockout.”